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    Beach Villas at Ko Olina / Part 3

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    **This post is sponsored by Beach Villas at Ko Olina. As always, all opinions are my own.**

    In common usage, the island of Oahu is divided into 5 large areas, more or less bounded by the 4 main points of the island:

    1. Leeward side – west coast, e.g. Waianae

    2. Windward side – east coast, e.g. Kailua

    3. North shore – north coast, e.g. Haleiwa

    4. South shore – south coast, e.g. Honolulu

    5. Central Oahu – interior highlands, e.g. Mililani

    By definition, “Windward” is the side of an island where the predominant wind travels from the sea onto the island. “Leeward” is the side of an island where the predominant wind travels from the interior of the island to the sea.

    The Beach Villas at Ko Olina are are on the Leeward coast of Oahu.  The leeward coast of Oahu is roughly 30 miles outside of Waikiki.   (If you are looking at a map, the leeward coast is on the left side of Oahu, or the west coast. )  Additionally, I also learned, that the Leeward coast of Oahu is generally more sunny and because it is more dry the sun is going to feel “hotter”.

    While Waikiki offers an urban city of hustle and bustle on the ocean, the Leeward side of Oahu is not as developed with smaller picturesque towns, and beautiful off-the-beaten-path beaches.

    Moreover, since the sun rises in the east and sets in the west, the west coast of Oahu (the Leeward coast) is going to have those beautiful picturesque sunsets!  And boy, did the sunsets at Ko Olina not disappoint.  They are unreal.

    You can seen the sun setting right where the ocean meets the sky.  It’s amazing.  Sunsets on the Leeward Coast of Ko Olina are a must see when you visit Oahu.

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    Beach Villas at Ko Olina / Part 2

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    Beach Villas at Ko Olina / Part 2

    First off, the leeward coast of Oahu, specifically, Ko Olina is one of the best locations to visit in Hawaii for families.   The location is very peaceful.

    But for now, I just want to talk about the Ko Olina lagoons because they are amazing.

    Ko Olina’s main attraction are the four magical man-made beach coves called the Ko Olina Lagoons.

    The lagoons are great because they are protected and safe.  Rock levies were built to act as sea walls to help encase the lagoons, allowing ocean water to enter the protected swimming area while keeping out the turbulent waves.  (Adding to reasoning why Ko Olina is great for families–because it is so safe!)

    These pristine crescent-shaped swimming holes are tucked away on the leeward coast of Oahu.  And they are definitely a “do not miss” when you visit Oahu.

    The four lagoons are not connected but rather a short stroll between each other.  And a  fun fact I learned is that the soft powder sand that lines the lagoon beaches was imported from Lanai, one of the neighboring Hawaiian islands.

    And since the lagoons are so safe, I would highly recommend snorkeling the Ko Olina Lagoons. Most of the time the lagoons are great for beginners and kids because they are protected and calm, but everyone will have fun seeing all of the fish and possibly turtles. (I saw sea turtles!)

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    Matsumoto Shave Ice, North Shore of Oahu

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    Matsumoto Shave Ice, North Shore of Oahu

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    On this day we  visited the North Shore.  But on the way we stopped to get Shave Ice at Matsumoto’s Shave Ice before heading out to the shore.

    You get a lot of recommendations of where to go and eat while in Oahu by locals on the island.  And Matsumoto’s seemed to be a location that people were consistently mentioning of where to go if you wanted  the best  Shave Ice.  It was very touristy,  but just as great as people were raving it to be!  I learned Matsumoto’s makes their own flavoring,  which is what makes it so much better than other types of shave ice in Hawaii.  (And I can attest to that! I tried  a few other shave ice in Hawaii and I can confidently say that Matsumoto’s was the most tasty!)

    The Matsumoto’s location we went to was in this cute little outdoor shopping/leisure area that had plenty of seating options outside.  It was really nice to relax outside and enjoy this tasty treat.  (Also it has been so hard for me to call it “shave ice.” haha,  I want to call it “Shaved Ice” so badly!)

    Afterwards,  we went to a beach on the North Shore that was super secluded! Basically my family and I were trying to find one particular beach (Turtle Cove) and got lost!  haha and decided to just stop at this random location and it ended up working out really well!

    There were hardly any tourists,  and it mostly seemed like a local beach!  So even though we were lost, it ended  up working out!  I feel like that happens to my family a lot! haha   We always seem to stumble upon spots and then end up liking them the most ! 😀

    XOXO CHELS

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    Ruffle Romper: I love ruffle rompers! Anytime I see one I automatically want it! haha This one I am wearing is no exception! I have seen a lot of cute ones lately too! From Nasty Gal, Neiman Marcus (more a splurge buy), Zappos, Lovers and Friends, Forever 21